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• The Idaho Statesman reports that Boise-based Albertsons "plans to close 26 stores around the country by next month. At least three more stores, including one in Idaho, will change ownership because of previous agreements."

The affected units include 11 stores in Southern California, two in Las Vegas, one in Albuquerque, N.M., one in Phoenix, Ariz., five in Washington, two in Oregon, two stores with the Acme Markets banner in Pennsylvania, and two stores with the Shaw's banner in Massachusetts.

• The Detroit News reports that Meijer Inc. "is offering customers flu and strep throat testing — and even store-written prescriptions for those ailments — at a select number of pharmacies … It’s the latest example of how pharmacies and big box stores with prescription services are getting into the business of minor medicine."
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